In the name of Allah ,the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

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The Beneficial Response Concerning the Islamic Ruling of Pictures/Images
by:  Shaykh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baaz (May Allah Have Mercy Upon Him).
Original language:  Arabic.
Rendered into english by:  Abu Muhammad Abdur-Ra'uf Shakir.
Publishing house:  Presidency of Nationalistic of Islamic research & Afta, Tel:(+966-1)4595555, Fax:(+966-1)4596943.
Publishing date:  1418H, 1997G. Six Edition.
ISBN:  9660-11-064-8.
Printed via:  Al-Homaidhi press, Tel:(+966-1)4581000, Fax:(+966-1)4592217.


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Introducing

            Praise belongs to Allah Alone. And May Praise of Allah in the Assemblies of the Angels and Peace be upon him (Muhammad) after whom there is no other prophet.

            To proceed:
            Certainly, many ahaadith[1] have come to us from the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the books of Hadeeth: as-Sihaah[2], Al-Masaaneed[3] and as-Sunan[4] pointing to the prohibition of image-making (tasweer) of everything which has a soul - without consideration as to whether it is human or otherwise.

            These ahaadith also call for the tearing apart of curtains which contain images (suwar) and the command to efface these images (suwar). They also point to the fact that the image makers (musawwiroon) are cursed and make clear that they will be the most severely punished people on the Day of Resurrection.


[1] Ahaadeeth, plural of Hadeeth: All that has been attributed to the Prophet(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), of his sayings, actions, and approvals; in addition to descriptions of his physical person and his character, as well as narration's about his life before and after his being missioned as a prophet.

[2] As-Sihaah, plural of as-Saheeh: A collection of Hadeeth in which the collector made a condition that he would only include those Hadeeth which he considered to be authentic. Examples of this type of collection are Saheeh al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh Muslim, as well as the Saheehs of Ibn Khuzaimah and Ibn Hibban.

[3] Al-Masaaneed, plural of al-Musnad: A collection of Hadeeth whose ahaadeeth are arranged according to the Sahaabah (companions of the Prophet), such that the ahaadeeth of each sahaabee are listed in a separate chapter under his name. Examples of this type of collection are the Musnad of Imam Ahmad, as well as those of Abu Daawood at-Tayaalisee and al-Bazzaar.

[4] As-Sunan, plural of as-Sunnah: A collection of Hadeeth dealing with the rules and laws (al-ahkaam). Its arrangement is according to the chapters of Fiqh, such as : purification, prayer, fasting, marriage and divorce, buying and selling, punishments, etc.